Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Jan 2013 12:27 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Daniel 'Codeworkx' Hillenbrand on why he's not going to work on cm10 for the Galaxy SIII anymore: "Before the release of the Samsung Galaxy S II we were promised support and devices. We received the S2 and the whole community was praising Samsung. To me, that was nothing but a good PR stunt, because there has not been even the slightest bit of support ever since. Actually Samsung vehemently refuses to hand out any information or even a single line of code to us. Our contact at Samsung seems to be willing to support us, but gets blocked by his superiors." His advice to prospective Android buyers is clear. "All manufacturers have an equally bad update policy, so if you like a Samsung device, just buy it. If you want to use AOSP or CyanogenMod on the other hand, you should stay away from Exynos devices, because they just don't meet the requirements. Instead I recommend you to buy Nexus or Qualcomm/OMAP devices that haven't been completely botched by the manufacturer."
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In what concerns Android, if having a pure Android experiences is valuable to you, then buy only Nexus devices. This will send a clear message to OEMs that insist into changing the underlying OS.

Yeah, I hear that a lot. But when Nexus devices come out with no LTE, no SD card slot, limited storage, no removable battery, no video out option (Nexus 7), no stylus, shitty cameras, etc, people will say, "Well, if you don't like it, there are plenty of other Android devices on the market ..."

So basically, you're stuck with either trying to jailbreak locked down devices, or be satisfied with whatever devices Google puts out every year. Point being, Android users just can't win.

The one bright spot is that Visio is showing off a couple of tablets running stock Android at CES, so let's hope they follow through, and other vendors follow their example.

Edited 2013-01-08 16:29 UTC

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